I got an email from someone saying that the Rice County Sheriff’s Dept had issued a request for certified search and rescue volunteers to help find Brittney Landsverk who’s been missing since last Friday (Nfld News story here). I wrote to Sheriff Richard Cook to verify this and he emailed me back:
Not true. We have plenty of resources we haven’t tapped into yet. We are doing this in a coordinated and methodical manner eliminating one stretch of the river at a time while doing daily patrols up and downstream as far as Northfield in case something comes up. Here is the latest press release. I will add you to the list.
A team of rescue personnel conducted a detailed, tedious search probing the river bottom and debris 300-400 yards downstream from the scene of the vehicle overturn. Sheriff’s Office and Department of Natural Resource boats patrolled several miles downstream in the event the body of Brittney Landsverk had slipped past that most critical area. Water needed to be released from the King Mill dam Monday evening adding additional current to the 50 degree water. The rain did not hamper the search of dampen the spirit of the rescue personnel. Additional detailed searching will be continued and expanded tomorrow.
We have had a very generous response of assistance in the search by friends and concerned community members and this is much appreciated. At this time we have adequate personnel and will utilize those trained rescue personnel. We would discourage civilians from attempting to search near the river bank, in the water or by boat and ask that other than immediate family members stay out of the incident operations.
If people want to help support the family a memorial scholarship fund has been established at the State Bank of Faribault in Brittney’s name and donations can be directed to:
Brittney Landsverk Memorial Fund
c/o The State Bank of Faribault
428 Central Avenue
Faribault, Minnesota 55021
Rice County Sheriff